ANTONIO RUDIGER reportedly had his medical in LA yesterday and Chelsea could announce a deal as soon as today.
The Roma defender has emerged as a key defensive target for Antonio Conte, as his pursuits of Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk and Juventus star Leonardo Bonucci appear to have hit the buffers.
Chelsea fly out to the Far East for their pre-season tour in two weeks’ time.
While reports earlier today claimed Rudiger was in London to have a medical, it is said it will in fact take place in LA before they head out to China.
And according to Sky Italia, the medical took place last night.
The report suggests a £34.2million deal could be announced today or by the very latest tomorrow.
He said: “Developments on Chelsea’s hopes of signing the Roma defender Antonio Rudiger,” Sheth said on Sky Sports.
“Sky in Italy claim the German international will have a medical with Chelsea.
“In the meantime, negotiations continue between the clubs over a fee.”
Chelsea’s only summer signing so far has been the free capture of Willy Caballero from Manchester City.